As Singapore’s oldest commercial district, Raffles Place has witnessed some of the biggest changes on the island. Known as Commercial Square until 1858, Raffles Place was demarcated by Sir Stamford Raffles as a space for commercial activities in 1828. Since then, this piece of land has evolved from a swampland to become the commercial heart of Singapore.
Embark on this VR tour on Raffles Place to learn about its history.
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The photographs used in the VR tour are selected from PictureSG and the photograph database of the National Archives of Singapore
VR Tour Background Image Credit: Scene 1: Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and Leiden University Library/Wikimedia Commons; Scene 2: Courtesy of National Archives of Singapore; Scene 3: Courtesy of National Archives of Singapore; Scene 4: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore; Scene 5: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore; Scene 6: Google Street View.
This VR tour used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), In Granite and Chunam: The National Monuments of Singapore (1996), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).